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Cornish surfer has face rebuilt after suffering shocking injuries in wave wipeout

Steve underwent nine hours of reconstructive facial surgery. Credit: Family photo

A stand-up paddleboarder who needed reconstructive facial surgery after his board hit him in the face at Gwithian is teaching others how to react after no-one on the beach knew how to help him.

Steve Bowens from Portreath was bleeding heavily after his paddleboard smacked in between his eyes after he misjudged his landing.

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The 43-year-old was helped to shore but none of his fellow surfers or anyone on the beach was able to give him basic first aid.

Fortunately his wife Sally, a doctor, was called to take him to A&E where he was treated for a deep cut to his forehead, broken eye sockets, and cheekbone.

Steve was losing a lot of blood after the accident at Gwithian but no-one knew how to give him first aid. Credit: Family photo

The sports science teacher underwent a nine hour operation and three months later he has fully recovered.

Steve now wants his terrible experience to act as a warning and is training other surfers in basic first aid so they'd know what to do.

Surfers are now being taught techniques like the recovery position. Credit: ITV West Country